Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards


Tuesday Pipes will resume September 20th following an extensive interior renovation project inside Christ Church. Join us to welcome back the series and the organs that inspired it!

Thank you to all of you who came out to support Pipedreams Live! in Rochester! We are so thankful to Michael Barone, along with our guest artists, students, faculty, and the many organizations that made this happen. Stay tuned for updates regarding the Pipedreams broadcast!

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting our next Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival from October 26-28, 2016. Click HERE for the latest updates!



Weekly Concerts

Going for Baroque
Sundays, 1pm and 3pm
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
20-minute demonstration of Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. Free with gallery admission.

TuesdayPipes_lgoTuesday Pipes
Tuesdays, 12:10pm (RESUMING 9/20)
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue
Free, 25-minute lunchtime recitals featuring the Craighead-Saunders and Hook & Hastings organs.

Upcoming Events

2015-16 Organ Department

  • Friday, September 9, 7:00pm
    Ortloff Organ Dedication Concert
    Nathan Davy, organist

    St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
    43 Gebhardt Rd, Penfield, NY, 14526
  • Friday, September 16, 8:00pm
    Dedication Festival for Juget-Sinclair Op. 45 French Romantic Organ
    Michel Bouvard, organist
    St. Luke Lutheran Church
    109 Oak Ave, Ithaca, NY, 14850
    Reserve free tickets HERE
  • Saturday, September 17, 8:00pm
    Music with Voices and Instruments
    David Higgs*, Annie Laver, and others with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
    St. Luke Lutheran Church
    109 Oak Ave, Ithaca, NY, 14850
    Reserve free tickets HERE

*Denotes Eastman faculty

The Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

The tradition of organ study at Eastman has been extraordinary since the founding of the school. Many of our organ alumni are leaders of the organ world, holding a large number of the country’s important church and university positions. Today, organ students are prepared rigorously for multifaceted careers as church musicians, teachers, and concert performers through a wide array of offerings such as classes and lessons in healthy keyboard technique, organ maintenance, organ literature, organ pedagogy, conducting, keyboard skills, jazz improvisation, organ improvisation, harpsichord, continuo, sacred music skills, and a weekly colloquium featuring guest lecturers, workshops, and discussions pertaining to the diverse requirements of our profession. BM, MM, and DMA degrees are offered, along with a Sacred Music Diploma. The DMA may include a wide variety of minor fields, such as sacred music, theory, music history, or conducting.

Eastman organ majors have regular daytime access to a broad range of exceptional instruments by such builders as Aeolian, Andover, Austin, Aeolian-Skinner, Boehler, Brombaugh, Casavant, Fisk, Flentrop, Fritts, Holtkamp, Hook and Hastings, Hope-Jones, Moller, Schlicker, E.M. Skinner, Steere, Taylor and Boody, Wangerin-Weichardt, and Wurlitzer, in addition to harpsichords by Dowd, Ross, Hertz, Kingston and Dupree; an original Parisian art-harmonium by Mustel; a pedal clavichord built by Joel Speerstra after Gerstenberg (1766); a 19th-century Derdeyn/Erard pedal-piano from France; Eastman’s renowned Italian baroque organ; and the re-creation of a magnificent late baroque organ by Casparini.